Adelle Banks to moderate a media panel at 2015 convention

Religion Communicators Convention

UPDATE #2, September 2014

Dear RCC colleagues,

News headlines these days are filled with stories that at their core refer to religion-based conflict. But how often is the religion angle covered in a way that appreciates the nuances of our dizzying diversity of faith traditions.

It's rare, I'm afraid.

That's why the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) plays such a vital role in the public discourse. For 85 years, RCC has helped tell the story at the intersection of faith and the public arena, all the while encouraging understanding among faith groups.

donate nowWon't you support RCC today with a gift over and above the cost of your membership?

Your gift will make it possible for RCC to promote religious literacy in the news media and among people of faith. After all, religion is part of everything. RCC helps you talk about it.

Your contribution helps support RCC's annual Wilbur Awards, which help encourage and recognize the work of individuals in the secular media as they communicate about religions issues, values and themes with professionalism, fairness and honesty.

I look forward to receiving your gifts and greeting you personally at the 2015 convention in the DC area.

Thank you for your many talents and giving spirit,

Jay Rollins, RCC president, [email protected]

2015 CONVENTION: April 9-11, 2015

Make plans now for continuing education, networking and awards! Full Registration for meals, tours, workshops, plenaries - $395. Please make your own room reservations at the Westin Hotel, Alexandria, Va.


Convention planning is on-going. We will highlight new information in each Update. Please follow the convention page for new additions knowing speakers are subject to change.

Adelle M. Banks to moderate a media panel at 2015 convention

Photo: Michelle Boorstein
Michelle Boorstein

Photo: Adelle Banks
Adelle Banks

Adelle is production editor and a national correspondent at Religion News Service (RNS). She previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton She is a 2014 Wilbur Award winner.

The panel will include Michelle Boorstein, religion reporter for The Washington Post since January 2006. She reports on the busy marketplace of American religion. She has a Master's degree in Near Eastern Studies.

Member News

Welcome NEW Member - Marijke Fakasieiki (MAL), Interfaith/Ecumenical Consultant from Berkeley, CA

Don Feldheim (Boston) supports clergy, teachers and others engaged in communicating inspirational ideas through Expressive Communication Services.

Royya James (Nashville) has a new baby boy! In August she gave birth to Alexander Elijah James Batson! Future RCC member!

Fr. Jim Gardiner (DC and NYC) was a panelist at the first international UN World Tourism Organization congress in mid-September in Santiago de Campostela, Spain

Larry Hollon (Nashville), Communications chief for United Methodist Communications, will retire in 2015

Michelle Whittaker (DC) coordinated a meeting of WISC (Washington Interreligious Staff Community) - all communicators working in the Washington, DC area. A great chance to connect and explore common projects.

Jacob Bender (MAL - Philadelphia area) See great NY Times article titled "Guided by History, a Jew Tries to Unite Two Faiths Divided by War in Gaza" about Jacob.

Steve Horswill-Johnston (Nashville) produces Chuck Knows Church, a weekly online show about the “stuff” in church and is developing a monthly teaching tool for congregational leaders that will be rolled out starting early 2015. As a co-production of The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) and United Methodist Communications (UMCOM) it will feature the issues that many older congregations struggle with: Hospitality, reflecting and serving the surrounding community, too many meetings and too few decisions (just to name a few).

GBOD has produced nearly 100 episodes of the original show. It has been a surprise hit, driven by social media. The current show is watched by 2-5,000 viewers each week on YouTube, and an additional 50-75,000 downloads each week at We estimate that there are 80,000-100,000 viewers on average a week.


See RCC's rich 85 years of history video on the RCC YouTube channel or on the "History" page on the RCC web site.

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